I hope you are right BUT every single contractor in Washington and Oregon State, not only in HVAC but all types and forms of maintenance to lighting companies, are now dealing with a nightmare of new laws that no body took seriously.
I now know of 2 small companies that have closed up because the owners were not able to comply with the requirements and costs.
I take this stuff very seriously. It's been my life and passion for a great many years and there are those who are out to benefit from us at our expense.
In certain counties of my state an owner/technician now needs up to 10 seperate licenses just to do HVAC. Think about that.